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Iron Heritage Festival Trips Danville, PA 7/20/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Dave and I got up and after packing up we made our usual stop at McDonalds where I had my usual Hot Cakes and sausage. From here we drove back to Berwick still looking for the station that was supposed to be here.

Milepost 179 in Berwick. We no luck in Berwick we headed west to Bloomsburg but found something of interest.

The Deadwood Flats station just east of Bloomsburg.

In Bloomsburg we found the old Reading Railroad station. From here we went to Danville to find where to park for our train trip there. We soon found the train and parked in the lot.

View of our train in Danville.

Some background information

What is the Iron Heritage Festival? Danville citizens love their heritage and the stories of how the Danville-Riverside area grew and prospered. The Iron Heritage Festival celebrates this rich history and traditions of our community. The Iron Age, 1829 thru 1950 and Danville, PA are truly synonymous. In 1829, the first Iron foundry was established in Danville to manufacture wagon boxes, plowshares, andirons sadiron and griddles. In 1839-1840 Iron Ore started to be mined locally and in 1840 the first Anthracite furnace to efficiently produce iron was opened in Danville. On Oct 8, 1845, the first T-rail in America was rolled out at the Montour Iron Works, the largest iron manufacturing plant in the United States. The T-rail made it possible for Pennsylvania and America to become the leader in the industrial revolution. This festival is a celebration of America's ingenuity and foresight and is of interest for all of our Nation's citizens!

The Danville Area, in the scenic, beautiful Susquehanna Valley forged the beginning of the United States Industrial Revolution. America's railroads moved people, natural resources, and finished goods, due to Danville's manufacturing of the T-rail.

In 1999 a few local historians decided to celebrate the iron heritage of Danville, Montour County Pennsylvania. The first year a small amount of people met in Danville's 'Canal Park' and celebrated the history and the people of the era. From this one (1) day event the Iron Heritage Festival has become one of the largest historic festivals in Central PA. The Iron Heritage Festival, with activities encompassing all of the Danville area, is celebrated the third weekend of July every year. In 2002 the committee began "Heritage Christmas". The second weekend of December citizens and visitors of Danville can take train rides with Santa, enjoy carriage rides and tour local historic buildings. Other area organizations and Danville's Chamber of Commerce join the festivities with their own activities also. We hope this website explains not only why we celebrate the IHF but also tells you of our ancestors who help shaped our home, state and nation, of the past Iron Heritage Festivals and of the activities and festivities available to you in the upcoming IHF. Our group of volunteers who form the steering committee work quite hard all year long to bring the best edu-tainment to central Pennsylvania, but we could not do it without the wonderful sponsors who contribute to help make this the best festival throughout the area. Please follow our sponsor's links and learn about the great work they do in the Danville-Riverside area.

Our Train

Our train for today had North Shore 1946, Pennsylvania Railroad 1776 Tiadaghton Elm Parlor Car, Pennsylvania Railroad 1962 Endless Mountain, Pennsylvania Railroad Caboose 478044 and North Shore 1940.

North Shore 1946.

Pennsylvania Railroad 1776 Tiadaghton Elm Parlor Car.

Pennsylvania Railroad 1962 Endless Mountain open window car.

Pennsylvania Railroad Caboose 478044.

North Shore 1940.

The west end of our train. We got into the line to board the train and once on took the far west seats in the open window car.

The Trip to Bloomsburg 7/20/2013

The ticket for the trip to Bloomsburg.

This device had a steam train running on it ever 15 seconds.

The inside of the Endless Mountain.

People buying a last minute ticket to ride.

The trips left from the Danville Junior High School.

They were also having a Civil War reenactment during the Iron Horse Festival in Danville.

The train crossed this creek leaving town.

The view along our train.

This old place looked impressive on this Saturday morning.

The Danville Water Plant.

We had a train chaser following our train this morning.

The very beautiful Susquehanna River from a gap of the trees.

A green pond along our route with the grade of the old Reading Railroad on the other side of it.

The train took a curve.

Two views of those Endless Mountains here in Pennsylvania.

A view along the train.

The Susquehanna River from a gap of the trees.

A view along the train.

The corn is growing tall and healthy this year.

Another pond along our route this morning.

You can see the grade of the old Reading Railroad most of the way along our route.

The old Reading Railroad crossed over our route outside of Bloomsburg and up on the old grade was a Conrail Caboose 22139.

The train ran by Covered Bridge known as the Rupert Bridge 56.

The old Reading Railroad Bridge over the Fishing Creek.

A view as we neared our turnback point.

This was a far as we got. I was a little disappointed that we did not get into Bloomsburg on this trip. If you sell me a ticket to Bloomsburg then please take me all the way into Bloomsburg.

The train ran back by the Covered Bridge known as the Rupert Bridge 56.

The Catawissa Railroad Company Cabooses.

There is plenty of interesting geology here in Pennsylvania.

The Susquehanna River from a gap of the trees on our return trip to Danville.

A picture showing the restoration of the Endless Mountain passenger car.

The old building as we returned to Danville.

The Iron Hose Festival was in full swing when we returned to Danville. We arrived back in Danville and after I detrained I enjoyed a BBQ Chicken Lunch put on by the Boy Scout Troop here. After that it was time to get back into line to board our next train to Northumberland.

The Trip to Northumberland

This train would be packed and we sat together in my seat I used on the eastbound trip.

We left as people were playing tennis out in the very hot sun on this day in Pennsylvania.

My ticket for the trip to Northumberland.

The beautiful and wide Susquehanna River from a gap of the trees on our trip to Northumberland.

The view alongside our train.

The Susquehanna River.

This little one did not like the train horn at all.

The car of a fellow mileage collector doing some train chasing.

There is a major gap in those trees on that mountain.

View alongside of the train.

This is as far as we went towards Northumberland. I will not repeat what I said earlier in the story but I felt the same way. Well at least I did get plenty of new mileage today on the North Shore Railroad line we rode today.

Our engine crew walked from the west end of the train to the east end of the train.

The train passed a large tank farm on the north side of the train on the return trip.

A big barn on the return trip.

More of that interesting Pennsylvania geology for me to enjoy.

The Cumulonimbus clouds were growing tall on this afternoon over the Endless Mountains.

This is where they store and work on their passenger car fleet.

A view of North Shore locomotive 1946 that most people never take or see.

Coming back into Danville there was a tank on display. We returned to Danville.

Taken inside the Endless Mountain before I detrained.

Another view of North Shore 1946.

The view of our train waiting for the next trip.

View of the top of one of those towering Cumulonimbus clouds floating around the sky over Pennsylvania this afternoon. We headed for Ringoes, New Jersey but at a red signal I had a picture to take.

First Iron Rails in Pennsylvania Historical Marker. Eight blocks east we had another stop to make.

The old Reading Railroad freight house in Danville. From here we left Danville for good and headed for Ringoes. We made a stop at the Sheets Service Station in Miffinville with lightning flashes just off to the north. As we climbed the Pocono Mountains we hit some of the heaviest rainfall I had ever been in. Dave was down to 40 MPH and I told him to hit the emergency flashers to make us more visible which he did and other drivers then did the same thing. Good safe driving by Dave got us though not one but two showers that power the storms. We came off the Poconos then drove down to Easton where the sunshine had returned. We crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey where we will pick up the next part of this story.